My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #386: Moving To Another Deadline

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-30-2011 12:07 PM 4347 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am kind of working in several directions at once these days. That tends to happen when deadlines are coming up and we are in crunch time.

I worked on my spider web candle tray and got it sanded and oiled. I also picked on the little charm pieces and got them to where I wanted them. At first I did them and I think they were a bit large. I wanted them smaller than the larger spider that I showed yesterday, but they had to be big enough that the legs wouldn’t be even more fragile and they would fall apart. I think I found the right size and with a few tries, I think it will work.

I didn’t get to the scroll saw yesterday because my partner was cutting his next piece out. It was one of the few times that we had a “scroll saw traffic jam” with both of us sharing a saw. I guess days like that are to be expected with the two of us doing the same thing here, and I am kind of surprised that it hasn’t happened more in the past. It wasn’t a big deal for me though, as I had plenty of other things to do.

The Canada Post strike was settled earlier this week and I had three orders to get out. It’s funny because I am always saying that probably 95% of our orders go out electronically, but in the last week when there was a postal strike, there were three. I think they call that “Murphy’s Law”. I did send the customers notice that they wouldn’t see their orders anytime soon and explained to them that the beaver was upset and sent them the patterns electronically so that they could at least get started on them. They were all very appreciative and were happy that I took the time to do that. I hope it encourages them to order that way in the future, as I think some people are afraid to order electronic files. It really makes it easier though for all parties (and cheaper) and although I understand that some people may not have printers, I think it continue to be the way that most of my customers prefer their patterns.

I went ahead and did some more drawing and cleaning of files on my computer. I need to take more pictures of the new things, but I had heard from my contact at the wholesaler and she will be out of the office until after the Independence Day holiday and the pictures won’t be necessary until Tuesday. Since there was a lot going on here in our little ‘shop’ and there was stuff all around, I thought it would be best to wait until we were ready and take the pictures of several projects at once. It would be far more efficient that way.

I had called one of the larger hardwood suppliers in the US because since showing my last two projects, I have had a couple of calls from customers in the US looking for roasted birch. I suppose that I didn’t realize that it was such a white elephant and difficult to find. I Googled it and found a supplier in BC, Canada as well as my own supplier here in Halifax, but I failed to find anyone in the States.

When I called the place I was familiar with, they said that in the past week they also got a couple of phone calls with people looking for it and haven’t heard of it before. They said that the people looking for it were scrollers. I wound up giving them the web addresses for both the sources in Canada to see the possibility of them supplying it for the US. I think however that both Canadian places are willing to ship to the States, but I am sure that it will be quite expensive. I am going to keep looking and I would also appreciate if any of you in the States finds a source for it to please let me know so that I can share it with others. I know I am going to be using more of it in my design work and I would like to be able to refer people to a source so that they can purchase it too.

I am going to keep this short today, as I have lots to do and want to get an early start. I want to really push hard the next few days and see how many new things I can get done for the catalog. Then I can take a breather and we will be ready to start the class. I should start that blog next week, and I am looking forward to doing so. Once we get rolling on it, it should be fun. At least I hope it will.

I wish you all a good day and hope you find the time to make something nice.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 02:24 PM

Now I know why I’ve never heard of Roasted Birch before. When I read your blog I just assumed it was another of those things that I never picked up on, or it was mainly used for scroll saw work and I haven’t done any.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 02:29 PM

I only heard about it last year, Dan. In googling it, they use it for kitchen cabinets and flooring also, but I have only been able to find a couple of places here in the Canada that distribute it. It is really good for scrolling though and I would think that others would want to use it for furniture and other applications. It is very stable although it can be a little brittle because of the low moisture content from the drying process, it would be suitable for lots of applications.

I have a new “quest” now to find out where people in the US can get it.

I will keep you posted if I find anything and hope you all do the same for me.

;) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 03:23 PM

Good old Murphy’s Law. You may have noticed in the past SuperD and I throwing around jabs at each other about “Murphy visiting us”. Yep, same murphy. If it can go wrong, it can and usually does.
I’d be interested in the roasted birch as well but haven’t had time to really check on it in the U.S. I can’t afford to have any shipped to me even if it were available right now. If you find a supplier though in the U.S., it will definately be one of those tidbits of info I write down in my idea book for future reference.
I constantly learn about new wood all the time too. I use more cottonwood than anything else, simply because I get so much of it free from a local manufactorer. Until a couple of years ago though, I’d never heard of using cottonwood on anything. Since then, I have found that cottonwood had been used in pallets and furniture as a cheap wood source for over a hundred years.
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Canadian strike lately. A guy I know in town (he has some strange views, so bear with me) was having a deep discussion at the hardware store about how the strike in Canada further proves that the U.S. postal system is something we can live without. His idea is that the government should just shut it down since anything that can be shipped via postal service can now be sent free online. He stumbled for an answer when I asked how I could ship a physical package weighing several pounds over the internet. Before he could come up with one of his half baked answers I asked him who was going to console my mother every year when she doesn’t recieve her christmas gift from me.
I’ve heard argument for and against the whole deal here. Some here haven’t thought it all the way through. They do a lot of online shopping. For some reason though, it has completely slipped their minds how those online purchases get to them, usually via postal service.
I know you are aware of the inconveniences of not having a full time postal service. I know I would. Many of the supplies for my scrolling is delivered through the U.S. Mail. Its the only way to get them since you can’t find the supplies locally.


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#4 posted 06-30-2011 04:04 PM

I found ;
Caramelized (Roasted) Soft Curly Maple

Curtis lumber use to sell it not sure if they have it any more

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#5 posted 06-30-2011 04:08 PM

Good man, David!!!! ;D That’s great news! I really appreciate it and I will forward the information to those who have asked so far and in the future. Thanks so much!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 06-30-2011 04:20 PM

Hi, William. Yes the post thing is quite a mess. I think that unfortunately for them, this strike hurt them more than helped them. It caused a lot of people to permanently do online bill paying and banking, and lost many customers for them for good. Yes, we do need them, but as far as packages go, there are several independent couriers to choose from. Now they are also discussing having mail delivery only three days a week in some areas, which will cause more layoffs and less hours for the postal workers.

It is, as I said – a mess. :(


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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